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Beatrix Jenei

DVM, MS, DACVR (Radiation Oncology)
Veterinarian Specialist
Oncology, Radiation Oncology
Availability: Monday - Thursday

At a Glance

Board Certified:

Radiation Oncology

Undergrad School: University of Maryland, College Park
Veterinary School: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine 2009
Radiation Oncology Residency: Colorado State University, Flint Animal Cancer Center

Why did you choose to become a Radiation Oncologist?
I was a general practitioner for 5 years when it started bothering me that my knowledge was limited to help my patients with the most devastating diagnosis of cancer. In addition, I lived and practiced in an area where radiation treatment was not an option for my client’s beloved pets without traveling to the few distant facilities (mostly in an academic setting) that actually offered radiation therapy for pets. I truly felt that many of my cancer patients did not have the opportunity to receive the required treatment that would have helped them feel better and enjoy more quality time with their loving families.

Why do you choose to practice at VCA West Coast?
In radiation oncology, it is very important that I have access to the most up-to-date technology as the quality of some curative intent radiation plans depends on precise planning and delivery of that plan. I was trained at Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center using the best equipment that enabled us to offer Stereotactic Radiation Treatment (SRT) for our patients. VCA West Coast installed the same linear accelerator (radiation therapy machine) and the most advanced planning software in order for me to continue to use cutting-edge technology that is the equivalent of what is currently considered gold standard in human radiation oncology.

The other very important reason I chose to practice at VCA West Coast is our multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists. We are so fortunate to be able to integrate medical, surgical and radiation oncology in order to offer pet owners the best, comprehensive treatment options for their canine and feline companions that are diagnosed with cancer.

What do you enjoy doing outside of practicing medicine?
Outside of work; when I am not trying to help furry children and their families, I am mostly spending time with my two-legged 5-year-old daughter. We love to spend time outside. Walking by the ocean, and taking trips to the mountains are just a couple of the fun things we do together. We also enjoy the company of our old kitty, Fuli, on lazy days at home and are currently in search for a rescue dog as our beloved old doggy recently passed away and left a big hole in our hearts.
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Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Oncologist?

While your pet's primary-care veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases like cancer often requires the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary oncology. Just as in humans, a pet with cancer typically needs the help of an oncologist and advanced equipment to help diagnose and treat the disease.

Veterinary oncologists determine the most appropriate course of treatment and coordinate the treatment program for pets with cancer. They also frequently serve as consultants to veterinarians in private practice to ensure that their patients receive the best treatment possible for their cancer. You can be assured that a veterinarian who refers you and your pet to a veterinary oncologist is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her illness. While in some cases, your pet's veterinarian may be able to simply consult with the veterinary oncologist about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the veterinary oncologist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. Our oncology specialists also have access to specialized diagnostic or treatment tools that a primary-care veterinarian may not have.

My Pet Has Cancer. Now What?

If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, it is important not to become overwhelmed. Although the disease is serious, treatment decisions generally do not need to be made quickly. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, however, you will either want to have your pets primary-care veterinarian work in consultation with a veterinary oncologist, or be referred to one of these specialists for your pet's treatment.

Many forms of cancer can be treated, managed, and even cured. Early detection and specialized care are leading to increased survival and cure rates in almost all the types of cancers that afflict our pets. From surgery to chemotherapy to radiation therapy, our veterinary cancer specialists can offer your pet the very latest diagnostic and treatment options and the best chance of survival. With optimal treatment, cancer in many cases simply becomes another manageable chronic disease.

Common Cancers

  • Skin tumors
  • Mammary tumors
  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Endocrine tumors
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Hemangiosarcoma

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

In most cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care and will work in tandem with the veterinary oncologist, veterinary radiation oncologist, and any other members of your pet's veterinary health care team.

Did You Know?

Dogs and cats have higher age adjusted incidence rates for many kinds of cancers than do humans. For example, dogs are 35 times more likely to get skin cancer than are humans. They suffer from 8 times the amount of bone cancer and 4 times the amount of breast cancer. However, humans are more likely to get lung and stomach cancers than pets.

VCA West Coast Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital

18300 Euclid Street

Fountain Valley, Orange County, CA 92708

Main: 714-241-9001

Fax: 714-241-9020

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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